Joined: February 17, 2005
Location: Fortuna, CA
|Suit #8, the Juggernaut
|Posted on Thu Nov 05, 2009 5:59 pm
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| This was by far my most ambitious backfire ever. XD
I started out making what I presumed to be a 'moderately heavier, but immensely more protective while still remaining mobile suit of chainmaille.'
Boy was I ever wrong....
The suit is immensely protective, at 5/6" 14 ga. half TRL galvy, half hand spun galvy. An honest sword slash would be turned aside quite well. The copper is 12 gauge electical copper, 5/16" ID, for added strength in the inlays. However...
The weight is quite prohibitive. It weighs in at an estimated 55-70 lbs (haven't stepped on the scale while wearing it... Kinda worried I'll break it...), and I can't cross my arms in front of my chest while wearing it, because, even though I made the back a handsbreadth wider than the chest, and bending my arms more than ninety degrees is problematic. The cloth that I wrapped my hair in (so as to keep from getting scalped while donning and doffing the suit) gets stuck in between my back and the suit, and I can't get it out, because my arm motion is too restricted.
However, I can lift both arms as high as I want, so any combative motions I'd need to take would be more than doable, and the full length of the sleeves draws the chest out wider, giving me more room to breath, even though the suit is about as tight as it can be and still allow me to wear it. The sleeves ARE quite heavy, and holding them up straight out from my body is difficult, but by simply bending my arms, it becomes much more tolerable. I added beltloops to the suit, but I think I put them a bit low, because it bunches quite a bit under the arms and about the waist (and makes an otherwise awesome looking suit look much more poorly made).
The inlays down the sleeves turned out quite nicely, I think...
Maille Code V2.0 T6.7 R5.3 Eo.f Fbyz MAg Whi$ Cew$ G3.25/0.55 I12.7/1.42 W24.29 Pa Dacdejtw Xa2g20p4t0w5 S03
^^^ Dude, this code is so out of date for me now... I don't even remember what it means! ^^^
The unintentional God of Chainmaille,